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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Winds of over 120kph set to batter the country when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland

Ireland is expected to be battered by strong winds and rain
Ireland is expected to be battered by strong winds and rain

Kathy Armstrong

Winds over 120 kilometres per hour are set to batter Ireland when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland early next week, Met Eireann has warned.

Ophelia is currently picking up speed as it crosses the Atlantic and we are expected to feel the effects of it on Monday and Tuesday.

Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh told Independent.ie: "It is coming towards Ireland, basically the hurricane is south-west of the Azores right now and it is tracking towards Portugal.

"As it comes north over the weekend it will change into an extra-tropical cyclone and it is tracking towards Ireland and the UK.

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"At the moment the track is very uncertain and it is therefore quite difficult to decipher where the strongest winds will be.

"It does look like it will hit Ireland on Monday, heading into Tuesday will be very stormy days."

She said that Met Eireann has predicted gusts in "excess of 120kph."

Don't forget your rainjacket as Ms Walsh said that Ophelia could also cause heavy showers here.

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She said: "At the moment this is more of a wind event than a rain event but of course the possibility of heavy rainfall with an extra-tropical cyclone cannot be ruled out."

The UK Met Office has also revealed they are closely monitoring the situation.

Forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week."

Ophelia is the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane level strength in the Atlantic so far this year, it is also the 15th named storm.

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